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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

People walk through gates carrying luggage and children past friends behind fences and soldiers with rifles toward waiting train on September 16th to depart for the Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, from Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. In bottom right corner foreground, three men and a woman watch departure from behind barbed wire. Some people wave as they leave, walking between two buildings and a manned guardhouse. Six soldiers with rifles on shoulders stand in open area in front of train.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 110. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 110. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 110.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 115 of book.

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